This April, during the Karajan Music Tech Conference, I had the chance to meet Tahlia Petrosian and Torsten Reitler, the creatives behind KLASSIK Underground. I found truly inspiring what they are achieving with their events: pure oxygen and new frames for classical music.
KLASSIK underground fuses classical music with 21st century urban nightlife, bringing musicians and audience together in an intimate club atmosphere to present exciting and innovative concert events not found in traditional classical music venues.
Aftershow sessions – where internationally renowned classical music stars go ‘underground’ into the Moritzbastei following their performance in the neighbouring Gewandhaus zu Leipzig – form the central part of KLASSIK underground. As soloists – or together with musicians of the Gewandhaus Orchestra – these guests transport classical music out of the concert hall and into direct contact with the audience, at the same time revealing themselves in a completely new light away from the conservative concert hall.
It’s important that classical music stays part of our popular culture and not just something for a few that’s a kind of a hobby for the few elite.
As well as the Aftershow sessions, KLASSIK underground presents original, modern and unexpected shows where classical music performed by musicians of the Gewandhaus Orchestra interacts with other art forms including dance, street art, poetry and video installations.
The only remaining part of the ancient fortress of Leipzig, the Moritzbastei is today one of Leipzig’s most lively underground clubs located in the heart of the city of Leipzig. The stunning architecture creates a unique backdrop and a compelling resonance for classical music.